Local hotel room prices decrease 6% in H1
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Average hotel room prices in Taiwan dropped 6 percent during the first six months of this year because of a reduced number of Japanese visitors, online booking service Hotels.com said Monday.
September 24, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
According to Hotels.com, travelers booking through its website spent an average of NT$3,693 (US$124.93) on hotel rooms per night between January and June, 6 percent less than the same period of last year.
The decline, said Jessica Chuang, senior marketing manager of Hotels.com's Greater China operations, was caused by a reduced number of visits made by Japanese travelers, whose currency has depreciated.
In addition, the falling average room price in Taiwan was also the result of the growing number of budget hotels available through the online service.
This was in line with a drop in hotel room prices posted by several major cities in the Asia-Pacific region, which have felt the impact of the depreciating Japanese yen and Australian dollar, Chuang said.
Meanwhile, visitors from several European countries were among the big spenders in Taiwan during the six-month period, with Danish tourists leading with an average spend of NT$4,372 per day, Hotels.com said.
Germans placed second at NT$4,312, followed by visitors from the Philippines at NT$4,287, U.S. citizens at NT$4,225 and travelers from the United Kingdom at NT$4,221.
According to Chuang, the figures reflect the purchasing power and the preferences of visitors from different countries.